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NASA/JPL SAY THEY CAN NOW REACH PLUTO FASTER BECAUSE ? Answered

Listening to a Science Friday discussion of Pluto's 150 mile deep ocean, there was an offhand mention that we can now get a probe there faster because of some astrophysics technology.
Pluto is now considered a miniature planet.
Anybody know what this relatively new space probe speed travel technology is ?

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Kiteman

Best Answer 2 years ago

Ion drive?

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kelseymhiceng

Answer 2 years ago

Ion propulsion _is_ in use today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_(spacecraft)

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icengkelseymh

Answer 2 years ago

Roger, all my research since 8 hr ago indicates JPL launched ion-driven Juno in 2011 to pole orbit Jupiter by this year July 4, breaking steps have begin now.. Kiteman answered first...

Fed X will need 1/2" Titanium shielding to safeguard precious cargo from the extreme radiation around that planet.

Pluto ice at that pressure depth is in the #2 form => crystal re-alignment to a denser form then water which when this ice melts it the water takes more volume and grows planet diameter.

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icengrickharris

Answer 2 years ago

If I believe everything Colin Johnston writes he has a 3 year future script and I quote

"(Article by Colin Johnston, Science Education Director. Article updated on 4 September 2019)"

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Vyger

2 years ago

Superman is flying it there.

Or, they sent it Fed X overnight and Fed X is losing money everyday they delay delivery. So its being powered by executive hot air.

I still think it will be a while before the ocean side resorts open up for business.